Tom Kimmel’s October 2014 News


1. Early Fall Greetings!
2. The News, Briefly:  2015 Ireland Tour, 2015 TK writing retreat & more…
3. TK Poem of the Month: A River Runs Somewhere
4. Food for Thought: Deep wisdom from far away places
5. Recommended: Music by Teddy Thompson
6. Perspective: Great actors who never won an Oscar

1. Greetings!

Here in Mississippi it’s been feeling like autumn for almost a week. Hallelujah!

I know that in other parts of the world summer is already a bittersweet memory—and I have visited places where crisp, cool mornings are not unusual. Here in Mississippi, however, summer tends to hang on like a relative who doesn’t know quite when to go home.

Here’s to brisk mornings, vibrant days… and fresh starts afforded by the changing seasons.

2. News

a. 2015 Ireland Tour

Lord have mercy, I love Ireland. I first traveled there with Nanci Griffith in 1991, and nowadays I return every year to host a tour or two for kindred spirits who feel the tug of that unique corner of the world.

My 2015 tour will run July 28-August 6. We’ll be exploring Counties Cork, Kerry and Clare along the gorgeous southwest coast. Beautiful, vibrant, musical places. Holy places.

If you’re curious about joining me, you’ll find info on the trip HERE.

…And you’ll find a FAQ page for the 2015 tour HERE.

…To see photos of some of the places we’ll visit, click HERE.

b. 2015 Doe Branch Ink Songrwriting Retreat

In early summer of 2015 I’ll again be hosting a small, personal writing retreat in the North Carolina mountains. Maximum number of participants: 8! Last year’s retreat was really something special. It’s a joy for me to host and teach in this setting… with a group small enough that everyone’s presence really counts.

Watch for dates and details in my November newsletter.

c. TK music & poetry online

If you’re looking for my music and poems:

–My book The Sweetest & the Meanest can be purchased through your local bookstore… or at in soft cover or Kindle editions.

(Note that genuine customer reviews for the book at Amazon are helpful and appreciated.)

–My CDs (and *individual songs) can be purchased at CD Baby HERE.

*Note that most of the tracks on my indie CDs can be downloaded or streamed via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora and other outlets.)

–Last, but not least:

Various pro and amateur TK videos can be seen at YouTube HERE. (Yes, some are embarrassing.)

3. Poem of the Month

Note: Like many of us, my father was a walking contradiction—hard as nails and yet peculiarly sensitive at surprising times. He would’ve celebrated his 80th birthday September 21st.

A River Runs Somewhere

A River Runs Through It? 
Yes I saw it, loved it.
Wanted my father to see it.

You’ll like it, I told him.
It’s about a father and his sons
and the art of fishing.
There’s a matinee at five. Let’s go.

We’ll see, he said.

It’s set in Montana.
So gorgeous up there.
Trout streams like you wouldn’t believe, I said.
And they really get the fishing stuff right
—the way you do.

Oh I don’t know, he said.

Come on dad!
It’s a father-son movie.
I want to share it with you.

Maybe later.

Later it might not be showing!

Look, Son, he said.
Let me ask you something.
If we go see this movie,
am I going to have to think?

4. Food for Thought

Note: I’m a longtime fan of Swedish novelist Henning Mankell, and I just finished reading his novel Italian Shoes. The following epigraphs appear at the beginning of the book.

“When the shoe fits, you don’t think about the foot.”
—Chuang Chou (Zhuang Zhou), philosopher (369—286 B.C.)

“There are two sorts of truth: trivialities, where the opposite is obviously impossible, and deep truths, which are characterized by their opposite also being a deep truth.”
—Niels Bohr, physicist & philosopher (1885—1962)

“Love is a gentle hand which slowly pushes fate to one side.”
—Sigfrid Siwertz, screenwriter & poet (1882—1970)

5. Recommended: Music by Teddy Thompson

This month I’m combining two regular newsletter features—Recommended and Great Songs of the Month.

I wonder why Americans aren’t better acquainted with Teddy Thompson’s music. He’s perhaps as well appreciated in Europe­­ as Richard Thompson (his father) is appreciated here. He’s a very fine singer, writer and song curator, and to my ear he captures something of the Sixties’ melodic charm and style that I treasure. Plus he sings real songs—his own compositions as well as well-chosen covers by other writers.

To be honest, I don’t love everything he’s recorded—but that’s true for me when it comes to most artists. Those songs of his that I love, however, I really love.

*Here are three of my favorites:

“Don’t Know What I Was Thinking”
Writer: Teddy Thompson
Artist: Teddy Thompson
From the album: A Piece of What You Need
Produced by: Marius de Vries
—To listen/download, click HERE

“Altered State”
Writer: Teddy Thompson
Artist: Teddy Thompson
From the album: Separate Ways
(Verve Forecast/2005)
Produced by: Teddy Thompson & Brad Albetta
—To listen/download, click HERE

“Down Low”
Writer: Teddy Thompson
Artist: Teddy Thompson
From the album: Up Front & Down Low
Produced by: Teddy Thompson
—To listen/download, click HERE

…and here’s one more, from the Brokeback Mountain Soundtrack:

“I Don’t Want to Say Goodbye”
Writers: Gustavo Alfredo Santaolalla & Bernie Taupin
Artist: Teddy Thompson
From the album: Brokeback Mountain Soundtrack
Produced by: Gustavo Santaolalla
—To listen/download, click HERE

*Note: Song links are to Amazon Digital Music, but you can also easily find these tracks to download/listen/stream at iTunesSpotify and elsewhere.

Hope you enjoy!

6. Perspective: Give great work its due! (Part Two)

(Note: Last month’s newsletter featured great recording artists who never won a Grammy.)

*10 Great Actors Who Never Won an Oscar

  • Cary Grant
  • Charlie Chaplain
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Fred Astaire
  • James Cagney
  • Kirk Douglas
  • Peter O’Toole
  • Peter Sellers
  • Richard Burton
  • Steve McQueen

*10 Great Actresses Who Never Won an Oscar

  • Barbara Stanwyck
  • Catherine Deneuve
  • Deborah Kerr
  • Gloria Swanson
  • Greta Garbo
  • Judy Garland
  • Lauren Bacall
  • Liv Ullman
  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Shirley Temple

*Note: Never won Oscar for a film in which they were nominated.

*Note: Eastwood won two Oscars for Best Director… for Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004).

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